Threats In the Age of Obama

[amtap book:isbn=1934840807] The world does not change in discrete, binary steps.  There is a great deal of continuity from the past to the present and on to the future.  But many of us sense things are different in the world today.   Technology is changing every life and every business, economic megatrends are producing changes, […]

White House Conducting Review of Cyber

Followers of the cyber initiative and its related work have been strongly encouraged by the kickoff of a 60 day study tasked by the White House and led by Melissa Hathaway.  Melissa was named by President Obama to conduct this review.   As has been reported here in previous posts Melissa is one of the […]

Enhancing IT Support to the Counter Terror Effort: The Challenge

Several specific and new requirements have been given to the national security community as part of the White House review of security and intelligence systems following the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas day. Collection, processing, organization, and dissemination of information is a priority in the new requirements. This post provides an articulation of some of […]

If you research asymmetric war, use the NCTC WITS system

The work of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) is important and, because of the need to protect our nation’s information sources and advantages over international terrorists, criminals and other malicious actors, is not discussed much in the open. But there are things you can learn about NCTC by review of reputable sources. The most important […]

Terrorism Research Center Reconstitutes as Non-Profit Organization

I took great pleasure in reading the release below regarding the reconstitution of the Terrorism Research Center. The founders of the Terrorism Research Center (Matthew Devost, Brian Houghton, and Neal Pollard) are all highly regarded national security professionals and thought leaders who bring years of proven past performance to helping the nation think through some very […]

Osama Bin Laden Letters Analyzed: A rapid assessment using Recorded Future's temporal analytic technologies and intelligence analysis tools

The Analysis Intelligence site provides open source analysis and information on a variety of topics based on the the temporal analytic technology and intelligence analysis tools of Recorded Future.  Shortly after the release of 175 pages of documents from the Combatting Terrorism Center (CTC) a very interesting assessment was posted on the site. This assessment […]